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Control of an Outbreak of Infection Due to Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase-Producing <i>Escherichia coli</i> in a Liver Transplantation Unit

David L. Paterson, Nina Singh, John D. Rihs, Cheryl Squier, Bethany L. Rihs and Robert R. Muder

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue 1, pages 126-128
Published in print July 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/320882
Control of an Outbreak of Infection Due to Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase-Producing Escherichia coli in a Liver Transplantation Unit

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We report an outbreak of infection due to genotypically identical extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli among patients in a liver transplantation unit. Control of the outbreak was achieved by a combination of contact isolation, feedback on hand hygiene, and gut decontamination with an orally administered fluoroquinolone. These interventions led to abrupt curtailment of the outbreak.

Journal Article.  1881 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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